Writing as Re-Visioning & the National Day of Writing!

Our agenda slides:

This week we looked more closely at the concept of revision in writing by visiting with two influential writing theorists – Nancy Sommers and Donald Murray.  Thanks to Kate for kicking off the evening with her thoughtful tour of Donald M. Murray’s canonical/influential text entilted Teaching Writing as Process Not Product.  In particular, I found Kate’s collage of her students’ responses to an open prewriting prompt very insightful.  They should become for all of us a key referent in terms of thinking about the importance of a diversity of prewriting methods and strategies.  And thanks to Alyssa for her smart overview of Sommer’s piece, and engendering a lively discussion of Nancy Sommer’s Revision Strategies of Student Writers and Experienced Adult Writers.   Spending time with these two sanctioned scholars in the field of Writing Studies proved productive and I think the two complimentary readings offer many important insights about writing-as-process.

The Sommers & Murray articles prompted us all to think more about the key role that revisionary thinking plays in the act of writing.  Murray wrote about the unfinished aspects of writing: “Instead of teaching finished writing, we should teach unfinished writing and glory in its unfinishedness .”  Meanwhile, Sommers shed light on the problem of linear thinking that is attached to writing.  Born of a problematic conflation between speech and writing, this linear mode of thinking reduces revision to an afterthought in the writing process.   But as Sommers has suggested, perhaps writing begins at the point where speech is impossible.  Writing is a recursive shaping of thought through/by language. Said another way, writing is always, also, re-visionin

National Day on Writing

Oct. 20th is the National Day on Writing!  As we all know, writing is an important part of life. It helps us communicate and work with each other, supports our learning, and helps us remember.  The National Day on Writing® celebrates writing—and the many places, reasons, and ways we write each day—as an essential component of literacy.   Since 2009, #WhyIWrite has encouraged thousands of people to lift their voices to the things that matter most to them.  NCTE invites you to join our 2019 National Day on Writing on October 20 and tell us about what compels you to pick up a pen, sharpen a few pencils, dust off the chalk, find a marker that works, or tap your keyboard.  Here’s how!

It is celebrated for about a week or so, and I hope each of you will take a creative moment to share why you write (#whyiwrite), and also to share a little bit of who you are  (#iamfrom #whyiwrite).   Keep sharing your writing and connecting with others via the #whyiwrite #writeout #iamfrom and #unboundeq hashtags—find other writers via these hashtags on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Here are the steps to take to participate in #NDoW (National Day of Writing):

Your to-do list for next week:

Read: Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts by Will  Richardson (Kelsey’s selection)

Read: How Remix Culture Informs Student Writing and Creativity by Antero Garcia (Ganeldye’s assigned selection)

Please post Blog #6 which should include your National Day on Writing contributions, as well as your reflections on on the Richardson & Garcia readings. 

**Please remember to tweet your National Day on Writing contributions separately using the hashatags #whyiwrite #writeout #iamfrom #unboundeq, and #NDoW   …And also, please remember to tweet your blog too!

Have a great week and take good care of yourselves.

See you next Monday,

Dr. Zamora



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